Happy Meatless Monday! I would like to welcome Deborah from Confessions of a Mother Runner to Meatless Monday as we will now be joining forces to co-host Meatless Monday (complete with thumbnails) to spread the movement, and help share the best meatless recipes around. We will still be celebrating Marvelous Mondays, as optimism and gratitude are always important, especially as the winter closes in, but we hope you will join with us in sharing your meatless meals every monday from now on.
Before we get into it further, why is Meatless Monday so important?
My capstone paper for my MBA was about sustainability within the Food system. As much as I hypothesized about the difference eating local would make, I was shocked to discover that meat consumption was significantly more damaging to the environment than importing foods. If every American household reduced their red meat consumption by once per week, this would achieve the same reduction in greenhouse gas emissions as every American household only purchasing locally.
Starting the Week off Right
If you eat one less burger a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time. 10
If your four-person family skips meat and cheese one day a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for five weeks – or reducing everyone’s daily showers by 3 minutes. 11
If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it’s like taking your car off the road for nearly three months. 12
If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it would be like not driving 91 billion miles – or taking 7.6 million cars off the road. 13
Somehow it is almost the end of the summer, which makes me a little sad. To make the most of the last of the summer fruits, I have been gorging on peaches while they are in season in Michigan. They are possibly my favorite fruit, and with the cooler morning temperatures, this recipe is the perfect transition from summer fruity, light meals into comforting fall options.
I hope you enjoy this as much as I did. The steel cut oats bring a delightful chewiness to the oatmeal, and the walnuts add a wonderful crunch. Dessert for breakfast? This is about the healthiest way you could trick your sweet tooth into thinking so.
Peach Crumble Steel Cut Oatmeal
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 10 minutes
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 ripe peach, (half diced, half large chunks)
2/3 cup almond milk
1/3 cup steel cut oats
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 piece crystalized ginger (or 1/2 tsp fresh ginger)
1/2 tsp vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 tbsp brown sugar
2 walnuts, chopped
Melt the butter over a medium high heat in a small saucepan. Cook for 2 minutes, or until almost browned. Turn the heat down to medium, and add the large chunks of peaches. Cook for 3-4 minutes so the edges of the peach are browned and caramelized.
Add the milk, and stir well. When the milk is almost boiling, add the oats, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and vanilla. Allow to come to a boil, and turn down the heat to low.
Cook for another 5-8 minutes, stirring regularly until the steel cut oats are at desired consistency (I like mine chewy so mine was closer to the 5 minute mark).
Stir in the brown sugar and walnuts, and serve with the diced peaches on top.
352 calories, 21g fat, 591mg sodium, 28g carbohydrates, 10g fiber, 8g sugar, 0mg cholesterol, 11g protein
Are you sad summer is coming to an end, or excited for fall? What other reasons do you have to go meatless?
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Gosh, I don't have a lot of recipes NOT containing meat, but I'll probably linkup some day if I create a fat bomb. 🙂
I love peaches! Added to the steel steel cut outs sounds so delicious.
I would also add, as for reasons for Meatless Monday, that it has the potential to save 1.5 billion animals from factory farming.
My husband has just discovered he LOVES steel cut oats. I'm passing this on to him!
Fantastic information! It really is crazy what one meatless day will do!
I wish I had some peaches leftover and I would totally be making that oatmeal this morning! 🙂
reminds me of love grown peach oats!! yay
So excited to be hosting our link up together!
Confessions of A Mother Runner
You know I love your pear oatmeal so I am excited to try this one–maybe even this morning with the kids. We are all on “day off” time today, getting a slow start. And I think you make a great case for meatless Mondays. We do quite a bit of meatless eating around here, so it's not a hard sell!
Ohh I need to go check out some of those other recipes! Gotta love these vegetarian recipes 🙂 I'm not a big oatmeal fan but I LOVE fresh peaches so I think this recipe wold be delicious!
All linked up…I shared my cannellini bean and mint hummus too! Thanks for the invitation! Your peach oatmeal sounds delicious too!
Yum! Pinning this for menu planning! I wish my recipe was ready to share. It will be by the end of the week. Will the link up still be open?
I am always meatless and must admit that I have yet to crave meat or poultry since becoming a vegetarian two and half years ago! I will totally participate, I have some recipes coming up worth sharing.
Sure will 🙂 Thanks Jill!
You definitely should! I am sure you have some good ones!
Thanks Michelle, oooohh thats a good one too. I will check it out!
Yes! They look good right, I never used to be an oatmeal person, but I love the chewy texture of these oats!
Oooooh good! I hope you like, I am glad to hear you already eat meatless a lot
Me too 🙂
Oh yeah, I guess it is like that! Confession….I made this a few weeks ago haha
Get some today….then in a few days, you can read this link again 🙂
Thanks Heather! I know, its incredible, just one day per week!
Hope he likes!
That is definitely a good point, one of the most important ones actually
Yeah, when you do make a meatless one, definitely add it in there 🙂
I'm actually excited for fall! If it weren't for half a random chicken sausage I threw in my lunch this afternoon, I would have had a meatless Monday since I had tofu/kholrabi/eggplant with peanut sauce + miso for dinner!
Yum! I love oatmeal but never tried it with peaches. I have a delicious chickpea one to share tomorrow hopefully I will remember!
I LOVE that you grill them with butter. Genius.
Thanks so much for inviting me to share my link! Your recipe looks absolutely delicious! I love the combo of peach and ginger- can't wait to try it!
Thanks for the background. Very interesting!
These oats sound so delish!!! LOVE!! Gonna make this next week!
I made peach oats week before last! Love me some peaches… I'm from GA so it goes with the territory. 😉
Great post! I totally agree that going meatless a few times or even once a week is so beneficial on so many levels!
Love the look of this oatmeal recipe. It makes me sad that peaches won't be in season much longer!
Love all these facts, and what a yummy recipe!! I'll be adding a yummy new one tomorrow 🙂
Yum! Just pinned this so I can make it later!
Really love everything about this post and couldn't agree more with all the reasons to eat less meat!
I'm going to have to link up to this once I start to actually sit down and make my own recipes again! Soon! (:
Yes!!!!! Meatless for the planet!!!!! As I said I promise I will link up if i ever have a recipe. Until then, I'll just troll these posts for dinner ideas 🙂
I love this link up! Plus brinner is a staple in my life, I'm pretty sure I could live on nothing but breakfast foods if I let myself 🙂
Interesting facts and great linkup! Also I just happened to come upon some Jersey peaches from my family so this oatmeal will DEFINITELY be making an appearance this week 🙂
Thanks so much for your great recipe and for sharing Debora's great contribution! Meat is so energetically expensive to produce and that energy use is why I try to minimize the amount of meat I eat. Thanks for bringing attention to this important topic!